Cancellation Watch: The Last Ship is Picking Up Steam, Killjoys and Dark Matter Slip

By | July 12, 2016

Unless otherwise noted, the ratings numbers below are based on the final overnights and may vary slightly from the preliminaries reported on the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site.

the-last-shipRatings Results of Interest: On Sunday, TNT’s The Last Ship improved to the best numbers it has seen in this season as it pulled a 0.62 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 2.5 million total viewers.  The improved numbers are not a huge surprise because it was in the calmest waters it has seen this year.  The show was originally supposed to debut on June 12th, but that got delayed a week due to the Florida shooting incident (the premiere has a scene where gunmen storm into a Vietnamese night club). When it did premiere the next week, it bowed at series low levels, but it had to go up against Game 7 of the NBC finals plus the highly anticipated “Battle of the Bastards” episode on Game of Thrones.  It improved the next week despite airing against the GoT season finale, but then dropped with the episode that aired over the July 4th weekend.  With no major hurdles this past Sunday, The Last Ship posted its best numbers of its thied season and should hopefully have clear waters ahead.  If it can sustain or even improve on its current levels (and it has been seeing decent delayed viewing gains), it should be okay.  But then this is an expensive show to produce and I’m not sure how much international backing it has, so I wouldn’t count it as completely safe just yet.  On Friday, Syfy’s Killjoys slipped a bit to a 0.21 rating with 710k total viewers and Dark Matter dipped to a 0.16 rating with 720k total viewers.  Those are still decent numbers for Syfy these days, though, and these shows are helped by the partnership with the Canadian Space Channel.  I still consider both of these safe for now.  On Tuesday, Zoo held steady with its season debut at a 0.8 rating with five million total viewers.  Those numbers are still down from its first year but may be good enough to keep a Summer entry going these days.  It doesn’t have much leeway for slippage, though.

Ratings results for the sci fi / fantasy shows airing Monday June 27th thru Sunday July 3rd (metric definitions below):

(Links are to the show pages on this site with season to date ratings results and status updates)

Series Airs Rating % Chng Tot Viewers STD Avg Net Avg Cancel Alert
Houdini and Doyle FOX, Mon 9 PM 0.4 0.0% 1.7 0.5 1.5 High
12 Monkeys Syfy, Mon 9 PM Preempted n/a n/a 0.1 n/a Renewed
Braindead CBS, Mon 10 PM Preempted n/a n/a 0.6 1.5 Elevated
Hunters Syfy, Mon 12 AM Preempted n/a n/a 0.1 n/a Elevated
Containment CW, Tue 9 PM 0.2 -33.3% 0.8 0.4 0.6 Cancelled
Zoo CBS, Tue 10 PM 0.8 0.0% 5.0 0.8 1.5 Low
Scream MTV, Tue 10 PM 0.2 +10.0% 0.5 0.2 n/a Low
Wayward Pines FOX, Wed 9 PM 0.7 0.0% 2.3 0.7 1.5 Moderate
Cleverman SUND, Wed 10 PM 0.1 +25.0% 0.1 0.0 n/a Renewed
Beauty and the Beast CW, Thu 9 PM 0.2 0.0% 0.8 0.2 0.6 Final Season
Killjoys Syfy, Fri 9 PM 0.2 -12.5% 0.7 0.2 n/a Low
Outcast CIN, Fri 10 PM 0.1 n/a 0.1 0.1 n/a Renewed
Dark Matter Syfy, Fri 10 PM 0.2 -20.0% 0.7 0.2 n/a Low
Outlander Starz, Sat 9 PM 0.2 n/a 1.2 0.2 n/a Renewed
Fear the Walking Dead AMC, Sun 9 PM On Hiatus n/a n/a 2.2 n/a Renewed
The Last Ship TNT, Sun 9 PM 0.6 +51.2% 2.5 0.5 n/a Low
Preacher AMC, Sun 10 PM 0.6 +7.8% 1.5 0.6 n/a Renewed

Chart Activity: Starz’s Outlander jumped into the  Weekly Nielsen Twitter Rating Top 10 at the Number 2 slot for its season finale. Scream slipped out of that chart for the week though it was in the Daily Top 5 on Tuesday. Zoo slipped two rungs in the broadcast net Top 25 based on total viewers to Number 20.

(Updated for the broadcast network and cable Top 25 chart activity)

Series Chart Curr Wk Rank Prior Wk Rank
Outlander Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 2 n/a
Scream Nielsen Twitter Ratings Top 10 n/a 9
Zoo Broadcast Net Top 25 (Total Viewers) 20 18

Be sure keep an eye out for the latest numbers and any breaking news throughout the week at the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site. You can see the status of all the currently airing sci fi / fantasy shows at the Cancellation Watch page and also the latest Sci Fi TV Power Rankings post. And for more information on where I get these numbers and how I make my Cancellation Alert assessments, check out the Cancelled Sci Fi FAQ.

Metric Definitions:

Series: (R) indicates a repeat airing

Rating: Overnight rating in the 18-49 demographic for same day viewing based on the final numbers unless otherwise noted

% Chng: The percentage change +/- for this week’s rating vs. last week’s rating (if a new episode aired last week).

Tot Viewers: Estimated total viewers (age 2+) to tune in to the episode for same day viewing.

StD Rating: Season to date average for the rating metric tracked above.

Net Avg:  The season to date average rating for the network for non-sports, non-special, non-repeat programming.  This data is available for the broadcast networks only.

Cancellation Alert: My prediction of the likelihood that a show will get cancelled. From least to most likely the statuses are Low, Moderate, Medium, Elevated, and High.

Source: ShowBuzzDaily and TV by the Numbers

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